Marijuana legalization http://kplu.org en Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? http://kplu.org/post/does-legalized-marijuana-put-washington-drivers-risk-out-state <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144687893&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.</span></p><p>They claim it’s because their license plate shows they live two states that have legal marijuana, but that’s a hard thing to prove.</p><p>At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana. In both cases, pot was not found and they were let go.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:39:47 +0000 Chris Lehman 16007 at http://kplu.org Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State? Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-pot-store-lottery-announced-grow-licenses-lagging <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142757076&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, the state Liquor Control Board announced Wednesday.</p><p>The next step in the process is a lottery to see who wins a license to open a pot store. The results of that lottery should be known by early May.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:17:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15628 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization http://kplu.org/post/aclu-report-shows-sharp-drop-pot-charges-wash-state-after-legalization <p></p><p>You might assume that after voters passed Initiative 502, making adult possession of marijuana legal, the number of prosecutions for pot would drop. Now, there’s proof to back up that assumption.</p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union analyzed court data from around the state, looking specifically at filings for low-level marijuana offenses.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The numbers show a huge decrease.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:54:24 +0000 Paula Wissel 15042 at http://kplu.org ACLU Report Shows Sharp Drop In Pot Charges In Wash. State After Legalization Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' http://kplu.org/post/coming-tacoma-dome-cannacon-home-and-garden-show-cannabis <p>Move over, Hempfest; there’s a new show in town, and on the same weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CannaCon is coming to the Tacoma Dome, and organizers hope to make it the biggest cannabis expo in the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Picture the Seattle Home and Garden Show, but with cannabis,” said Bob Smart, a medical marijuana retailer who is organizing the event with the help of the Marijuana Business Association.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:02:29 +0000 Martha Kang 12773 at http://kplu.org Coming To Tacoma Dome: CannaCon, 'Home And Garden Show, But With Cannabis' Washington's 'Pot Czar' Says Legal Marijuana Could Be Too Cheap http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-pot-czar-says-legal-marijuana-could-be-too-cheap <p></p><p>Washington and Colorado are embracing their role as “laboratories of democracy” when it comes to drug policy, but as Washington’s marijuana consultant points out, “Dr. Frankenstein had a laboratory, too.”</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14561 at http://kplu.org Washington's 'Pot Czar' Says Legal Marijuana Could Be Too Cheap Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution http://kplu.org/post/tribal-group-approves-anti-pot-resolution <p>The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians has passed a resolution that rejects marijuana use and legalization efforts in the region.</p><p>The resolution, drawn up at the groups recent Winter Convention, points out that Native Tribes have higher rates of marijuana and drug use than other ethnicities in the U.S., and the negative impacts of marijuana use can cause many health related problems.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:29:11 +0000 Steve Jackson 14489 at http://kplu.org Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution Northwest Tribes Oppose Pot Legalization http://kplu.org/post/northwest-tribes-oppose-pot-legalization <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announced a partnership Tuesday with the Smart Approaches to Marijuana project, which supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:05:37 +0000 The Associated Press 14137 at http://kplu.org Northwest Tribes Oppose Pot Legalization Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy http://kplu.org/post/pot-tax-revenue-estimates-likely-hazy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Within the next year, marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14061 at http://kplu.org Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From The End Of Prohibition? http://kplu.org/post/pot-legalization-what-can-washington-learn-end-prohibition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Come summer, marijuana stores will open for business across Washington.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new legal pot market is modeled on a system the state adopted 80 years ago when Prohibition ended.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I wondered if there are other parallels between the legalization of alcohol then and marijuana today.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:47:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13933 at http://kplu.org Pot Legalization: What Can Washington Learn From The End Of Prohibition? State Liquor Board Cuts Back How Much Legal Pot Producers Can Grow http://kplu.org/post/state-liquor-board-cuts-back-how-much-legal-pot-producers-can-grow <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Applicants to grow recreational pot in Washington could have their state licenses in hand two weeks for now. But they won’t be able to produce as much marijuana as they originally thought.</span></p><p>Washington’s Liquor Control Board Wednesday instituted new limits designed to avoid a market glut.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:59:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13833 at http://kplu.org State Liquor Board Cuts Back How Much Legal Pot Producers Can Grow Report: State To See Millions From Pot Sales Next Year http://kplu.org/post/report-state-see-millions-pot-sales-next-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Economic forecasters are predicting that the state's new legal recreational marijuana market will bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in mid-2015.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:38:18 +0000 The Associated Press 13827 at http://kplu.org Report: State To See Millions From Pot Sales Next Year State Attorney General: Cities Can Block Pot Business http://kplu.org/post/state-attorney-general-cities-can-block-pot-business <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says cities and counties can block licensed marijuana businesses from operating.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a <a href="http://atg.wa.gov/uploadedFiles/FosterAGO2014No02.pdf" target="_blank">long-awaited opinion</a> Thursday, Ferguson says the state's legal marijuana law, Initiative 502, leaves local governments the option of adopting moratoriums or bans that prohibit licensed grow operations, processing facilities or retail shops from their jurisdictions.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:36:23 +0000 Gene Johnson & Paula Wissel 12653 at http://kplu.org State Attorney General: Cities Can Block Pot Business No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums http://kplu.org/post/no-pot-shop-freeze-out-bill-would-ban-moratoriums <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Some Washington lawmakers concerned about a possible pot-business freeze-out want to keep cities and towns from adopting marijuana-business bans.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Ten representatives in the House on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require cities and counties to cooperate with the state Liquor Control Board in terms of allowing licensed recreational marijuana gardens, processing facilities and stores within their jurisdictions. Local governments would have to treat those enterprises the same as any other business that attempts to locate within their boundaries.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:01:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12593 at http://kplu.org No Pot-Shop Freeze-Out? Bill Would Ban Moratoriums Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands http://kplu.org/post/yakama-tribes-take-pot-stand-traditional-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the </span>Yakama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nation in central Washington say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands. And the tribes are making moves to prevent anyone from operating a pot business on an area that adds up to one-fifth of the state’s land mass.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Anna King 12551 at http://kplu.org Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands State Liquor Board Seeking Formal Opinion On Whether Pot Moratoriums Are Legal http://kplu.org/post/state-liquor-board-seeking-formal-opinion-whether-pot-moratoriums-are-legal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legal marijuana is expected to go on sale by this spring in Washington cities like Seattle and Spokane.</span></p><p>Some municipalities, including Federal Way, have put moratoriums in place to give officials more time to determine how to implement the new law in their community. But in some cases, the moratoriums are more severe.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:13:59 +0000 Steve Jackson 12429 at http://kplu.org State Liquor Board Seeking Formal Opinion On Whether Pot Moratoriums Are Legal